ChE-414 / 3 credits

Teacher: Züttel Andreas

Language: English


Summary

The course is an introduction to the energy conversion. It focusses on the thermodynamics of the engines and systems for the conversion of energy from fossil fuels and renewable resources. The relevant aspects of modern energy conversion are treated and the potentials and limitations are estimated.

Content

Keywords

Energy conversion

Efficiency

Resources

Renewable energy

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

  • Work out / Determine the potential and limitations of the resources
  • Describe the various energy conversion technologies
  • Explain the thermodynamics of the energy conversion devices
  • Analyze the relevant chemical reactions
  • Compare technologies and estimate the potential
  • Assess / Evaluate the performance of various energy conversion technologies

Teaching methods

Ex cathedra using Powerpoint slides. Examples will be shown to illustrate theory.

Expected student activities

Taking notes in the course hours. Solve the exercises.

Assessment methods

One final written exam.

Resources

Bibliography

Henning STRUCHRUP, “Thermodynamics and energy conversion”, Springer (PDF CHF 54.-
http://www.hanser-elibrary.com/isbn/9783446427327)
David JC McKay, “Sustainable Energy - without the hot air”, http://www.withouthotair.com/cft.pdf

Ressources en bibliothèque

Notes/Handbook

Students have access to the slides few days before each lesson.

In the programs

  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: During the semester (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Thermodynamics of energy conversion and storage
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: During the semester (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Thermodynamics of energy conversion and storage
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: During the semester (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Thermodynamics of energy conversion and storage
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: During the semester (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Thermodynamics of energy conversion and storage
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks

Reference week

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